CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 11, 1973
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(Studio) Former Attorney General John Mitchell undergoes tough questioning from Senate Watergate committee Motivations behind Mitchell's actions in Watergate and inconsistencies with other witnesses' testimonies hard hit.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Capitol Hill) [Senator Howard BAKER - asks why Mitchell apptd. self to keep Watergate knowledge from President that obviously required Pres, knowledge and decisions.] [MITCHELL - says if President had known about White House horrors, obvious consequences to flow from it.] [BAKER - questions why decision shouldn't have been President'.] [MITCHELL - states President would have been involved in Watergate cover-up or in disclosures affecting President reelection,] [BAKER - asks if Mitchell believes there are times when President access to information should be denied, so appropriate judgement of actions can't be made. If true, affects power of Prep. as described in Const. By making decision himself, Mitchell acting as President without authority on Watergate matter.] [MITCHELL - answers ves.] [BAKER - asks for Const. backup for Mitchell arrogating President authority. ] [MITCHELL - testifies no Const. authority, but merely matter of judgement.] [Committee chairperson Sam ERVIN - asks if Mitchell ever told President about White House horrors.] Mitchell responds negatively. [ERVIN - queries if President asked Mitchell what he knew about Watergate.] [MITCHELL - replies no, not after 1st discussion on June 20.] Senator Lowell Weicker questions Mitchell intensely. [WEICKER - cites March 22 meeting with Mitchell, John Dean, John Ehrlichman, M.R. Haldeman and President Asks again if Watergate matter mentioned.] [MITCHELL - testifies Watergate mentioned only in connection with Senator investigating committee ] [WEICKER - questions Mitchell if people in meeting might already have Watergate information so no need for discussion.] [MITCHELL - says Weicker's statement false. Met for purpose of discussing Senate Watergate committee probe.] [WEICKER - says President already suspected Mitchell's involvement as told by John Dean. Strange that Pres, wouldn't ask Mitchell for explanation.] [MITCHELL - asks if statement taken from Dean's testimony.] [WEICKER - states White House version of meeting was just given.] Weicker and Mitchell display controlled anger. Mitchell not shaken from original testimony, however.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr
(Studio) Watergate hearings resume tomorrow with live CBS coverage.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd